When do I have to consult the works council?

If a company has more than 50 employees, the management must ask for the advice or consent of the works council when taking a number of decisions. These include, for example, decisions on the transfer of the company or changes to a pension scheme. If the management does not ask the advice of the works council or does not (entirely) follow the advice of the works council, the works council can lodge an appeal against the decision.

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